29 August 2005

The Nationals Member for Lismore, Mr Thomas George will roll up his sleeves and visit three local businesses as part of the Pollies for Small Business program.

"On Wednesday 31 August I will be at Brown & Hurley in Kyogle in the morning and Barker Street Newsagency, Casino in the afternoon. On Friday 2 September 2004, I am at Hurfords Building Supplies in Lismore," said Thomas George.

"I am looking forward to working alongside some of my Small Business owners to refamiliarise myself with today's pressures faced by small business operators in the region. I also enjoy the opportunity of showing my support for this vital sector of our local economy.

State Chamber of Commerce (NSW) CEO Margy Osmond said politicians often deal with the `big picture' when it comes to regulations and legislation so working in a small business for the day can help them gain some valuable insights.

"They'll be able to get an `up close and personal' view of the positives and negatives involved in running a small business.

"Even though many politicians might have run their own business at some stage, the reality is the pressures on small operators are constantly changing," she said.

"Pollies for Small Business also gives small operators the opportunity to deal with their local member on familiar turf rather than meeting in an electorate office or Parliament House.

"It helps to level the playing field for a day and hopefully leads to an improved mutual respect and understanding on both sides," Mrs Osmond said.

Pollies for Small Business is a joint initiative of the State Chamber of Commerce (NSW), local chambers of commerce and Australia Post. Politicians were asked to donate some time to work in a small business within their electorate to kick off Small Business Month in September.

"Our local economy needs small business as it contributes tremendously via employment opportunities, trade positions as well as bringing the varied local communities together as feasible places of investment and residency.

"I applaud our local small businesses and their imperative contribution to the sustainability of our local communities," concluded Thomas George.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.